Today isn’t National Family Day, A Day To Eat Dinner with Your Children.
That was actually yesterday, but the holiday passed by before I even knew it existed.
That’s just as well, too. Yesterday I ate my dinner in front of a computer while working at The Kansan. Dan ate hot wings with his Dad while his mom was taking classes. Basically, we were all very, very far from a dinner table.
Unfortunately, this is all too common.
Not to criticize my parents at all, but eating dinner together was a rare event. More typically, I got home from some practice, my sister had something else going on, my dad was at work and my mom was taking her first break of the day.
I’ve always hoped to break this trend with my own family.
Right now, we are really pretty successful: More often than not, Dan and I sit down to dinner together and enjoy time without any distractions. However, I know that things will certainly get more complicated down the line.
Nonetheless, it is my goal to have dinner with my family (almost) every night. Not just so they can hear my talk about my day, either. Here’s why…
More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA Columbia) at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. — Family Day
That’s worth taking a little extra time, right?
Questions: Do you sit down to dinner with your family? Did you while growing up?